In 1911, in the Scottish Border village of Sprouston, the young parish minister wrote to the Daily Mail for entry forms for its sweet pea competition.
The top prize was a staggering £1000 and organisers predicted that as many as 15,000 would enter. He could not foretell that the paper's estimate of the number of competitors would be more than doubled, or that a fortnight before the deadline a nation-wide drought would threaten the very existence of the sweet peas he was so painstakingly cultivating. This touching - and beautifully illustrated - tale is based on a true story.
©2003 Henry Donald (P)2011 Canongate
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"Charming summer tale with a lovely narrator."
This true story is simply and lovingly told, in some ways reminiscent of later short story authors like Paul Gallico. Judi Dench reads it beautifully, capturing the sweetness and old-fashioned innocence of the writing well. This story wears well and should serve to wrap you in it's warmth for years to come.
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